It’s not abnormal for a sprained ankle to get worse for three to four days before it starts to get better, with swelling, tenderness and instability all par for the course. But if you still feel your sprained ankle getting worse after a longer period of time, then it could be a sign you need to see your GP. If you have been taking part in sporting activities or putting weight on your ankle, it may mean you need to try some more PRICE therapy at home, elevating your ankle, using ice to reduce swelling, wearing a compression bandage and so on. A sprained ankle getting worse can be indicative of a serious problem that may need medical treatment, so you should seek medical attention if your symptoms don’t improve.
What happens with a sprained ankle getting worse?
If your sprained ankle shows no signs of improvement, or if your symptoms are worsening, your doctor may refer you to an orthopaedic specialist for treatment. Some people can experience ongoing pain, instability and swelling which comes and goes for months or even years after injuring their ankle. Your GP may be able to prescribe stronger painkillers and NSAID cream or gel which can help with pain and swelling. If your accident was somebody else’s fault, then this is a good time to think about claiming personal injury compensation.
It might be that you sprained your ankle after slipping on a wet floor at work, or maybe you have suffered a sprain after tripping on a damaged kerb or pavement. If somebody else’s negligence led to your accident, Accident Advice Helpline is here to make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Three years to claim
It’s important not to wait around for too long after your accident when it comes to making a personal injury claim, as there is a three-year time limit in place for all claims. If you miss this deadline, you could find you’re ineligible to claim the compensation you were entitled to. Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with hundreds of claims for sprained ankles and we are here to make sure everybody receives the compensation they deserve.
Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim when you get in touch with us. So why not call us today on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim.